Lessons from Pottery Masters: an article Posted by Frank
Giovinazzi describes"mud in the blood -
an unwavering calling to work with clay every day. No matter the
sacrifice". As if you didn't know it, but it feels
good to hear it from a non-potter, a writer in fact who says writers
can learn from potters. Read the article on Blogcritics.org
Robin Hopper's latest book is
approach to the ceramic surface that determines the
ultimate personality of the work that is done." - Robin
This book begins with
fundamental ideas about drawing, signs,
patterns, colour theory,etc. It
then goes on to detail every
conceivable method of decoration.
illustrated with such a wide variety of top notch ceramicists that it
is a pleasure
to peruse and it is interesting to see the depth of
Hopper's insight. His knowledge is supplemented with
inserts by various
potters such as Lana Wilson on impressions made by stamps
or for another example, Stephen Hill on spraying glazes. This
book is a pleasure to
own and a pleasure to keep referring back to.
POTTERS SHONE AT THE NATIONAL
CAPITAL NETWORK OF SCULPTORS
EXHIBITION 'DIMENSIONS' AT
CENTRE FOR THE ARTS
- Of all the excellent work in various media at this show, we
naturally concentrate on the
in clay. It was a well attended opening and even rather
noisy, not quite
the atmosphere for quiet contemplation of the works but great to see
such numbers in attendance.
Géraldine Petit-Gras won first place for Best New Artist with
her 'Coralline-The Sea Dragon'. This continues her work
using sea like imagery and drawing upon myths and symbols of
Mediterranean inspiration. ( Click on the photos for larger
poses with her piece
'Mimicry'. This is a contemplation on how animals could be a mimic for
certain people. Sandra worked from a photo of a famous person than
overlaid an owl like mask. The head is open at the top and inside you
can see green marbles, another clue as to who this person could be.
work is always fun. She poses here with two works 'At the Park'
in clay and wood and 'Children Playing'.
Helen Stone displayed 3 works in her luscious raku work with copper
wire additions. Pictured here is a work called "Tropical".
Saskia Praamsma 's 3 pieces were more vessel oriented than is
the case with her work but actually had an architectural theme
with 'Tower #1', 'Tower #2, and "Jail Building'.
Hot Clay Sites to
are many good clay sites out there. Here are a few we have selected as
being particularly worth a visit.
For Starters:begin your surfing at Jim
Speers Pottery site www.jimspeers.com
. Jim's site has a whole list
, places, and things to do in the "websites" section of his menu.
Jim's graphics are a lot of fun too. Check out his 3 D renderings
of pots in various settings. They're really neat, and
check out his production ware-way cool! Then go surf the
from his links.
Another good set of links particularly for
European and Netherland potters is the list compiled by
Mels Boom. Check out his own site through the animated banner
of the page. His work is displayed attractively in a
row of images. Grouped into paintings, ceramics, objects, and
most of it is pretty funky with bright colours. His paintings
have a darker side despite their colourfulness. Interesting raku
pieces too in black and white. You will want to bookmark this
for its links and check particularly the ones he has marked (tip).
Moron employs three different techniques in her
work. Click on the photo page and enlarge the first
There you will see a unique raku lidded container, full of
wonderful contrasts in colour and texture. Follow the arrows and
enjoy the rest of the show. (For English, you can go to the Google
translation page and paste in the web address. The web site then
appears in English.)
the Pot is an interesting event held at a high school
in Austin Texas featuring Texan and nationally known potters. The
goal of the festival is to educate the public about ceramics.
Check out the artists like Lana Wilson and others as well as the
archives. Some of the archive links don't work any longer but
there are jewels to be found here.
Another page from
Austin worth visiting is
an old list of favourite artists called Modern
Again many of the links no longer work but those that do are
Hesselberth of FrogPond Pottery.
His newly redone site has
interesting graphics. A motif along the left side of the screen is
on his pots as well, reflecting his interest in geometric patterns and
African art. Included on the site are his portfolio, his show schedule,
galleries that represent him, and links to other potters. Particularly
noteworthy is his section "Information about Pottery". Topics such as
Tips, Care of Pottery, Lead in Glazes, Raku" etc. educate the public,
doing research on the web, and beginning potters. Also, John's articles
published in Clay Times are included here. You will find tips
drip-free spouts, minimizing cracking and warping, taking high quality
photographs of pottery and links to sites offering technical
The site is well layed out and navigation is easy. Indeed this is a
potter's site, one well worth checking out and adding to your bookmark